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Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states

By Richard Wolf — October 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (RNS) The unexpected decision by the justices immediately affects five states in which federal appeals courts had struck down bans against gay marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah.

Botched execution could slam brakes on death penalty

By Gregg Zoroya — May 1, 2014

(RNS) Richard Dieter, executive director of the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center, said the Oklahoma case would add momentum to efforts to halt lethal injection until the process is better understood and there is more transparency to what states are trying to do.

Atheists vow to fight monument rejection in Levy County, Fla.

By Kimberly Winston — February 7, 2014

(RNS) Local officials in Florida this week rejected an atheist monument proposed for a courthouse lawn, another example of the hurdles religious minorities will face as they continue to press for equal access to displays on public lands.

Federal judge strikes down Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban

By Michael Winter — January 15, 2014

(RNS) The judge ruled that a restriction approved by the state’s voters in 2004 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

COMMENTARY: If Christians can build statues, so can Satanists

By Kirsten Powers — January 15, 2014

(RNS) The Oklahoma government should not play favorites among different faiths.

Oklahoma anti-Shariah amendment struck down

By Omar Sacirbey — August 16, 2013

(RNS) A federal judge has struck down Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment that would have prohibited judges in the state from considering Shariah law.

Shariah 101: What is it and why do states want to ban it?

By Omar Sacirbey — July 25, 2013

(RNS) Muslims around the world have varying views about what Shariah entails, and its role in personal and public life. So what exactly is Shariah? Here are five facts that might help make sense of this complex and often misunderstood term.

Oklahoma Muslims aid in tornado relief in bid to build bridges

By Omar Sacirbey — May 24, 2013

(RNS) Muslim Americans routinely provide emergency aid following natural disasters, but the Oklahoma tornado is special because of the anti-Muslim sentiment in the state. Muslims increased their outreach, convinced that when Oklahomans meet Muslims, prejudices will fade.

COMMENTARY: Where is God when evil strikes?

By Tom Krattenmaker — May 22, 2013

(RNS) There is, alas, no good answer. Unless, that is, believers can arrive at a deeper understanding of God’s omnipotence.

CBS News Video: Survivor finds missing dog after tornado

By Sally Morrow — May 21, 2013

“Well, I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be ok, but he answered both of them…because this was my last, my second prayer.”

Anti-Shariah movement changes tactics and gains success

By Omar Sacirbey — May 16, 2013

(RNS) After losing steam in recent years, the anti-Shariah movement has scored a string of victories by, ironically, leaving the words “Shariah” and “Islam” out of bills that restrict state courts from considering foreign law.

Okla. judge defends sentencing teenager to church even if it’s not legal

By Greg Horton — November 19, 2012

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (RNS) A district judge in Oklahoma who sentenced a 17-year-old boy to 10 years of church attendance is standing by his sentence as the right thing to do — even if it may not have been the constitutional thing to do. By Greg Horton.

Anti-Shariah bill defeated in Oklahoma senate

By Tracy Gordon — April 6, 2012

(RNS) The Oklahoma state senate voted Thursday (April 5) to kill a bill that would have prohibited state judges from considering foreign laws, including Islamic law, in their decisions. By Omar Sacirbey.

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